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Old 06-09-2018, 03:54 PM   #1
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Lucky Nolichucky: Ceiling Panels

I started trying to take out the screws on the ceiling panels and was having very little success. Half we're already stripped. Others instantly stripped. Tried using angle grinder to cut a slot in the stubborn ones and used a flat head to back them out but damn it if they didn't break two of my impact rated bits!! I tried redicing the torque a little but then they just wouldn't budge. I'm over it. So I'm just using the grinder to cut the panels off the ribs, leaving the strip of screws in place. Mmmmm love that glowing fiberglass and sparks in my face.
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Old 06-09-2018, 04:10 PM   #2
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Best solution has been an air chisel with the chisel edge ground just right and it knocks the heads right off, not sure if it works as well with screws as rivets.
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Air chisel or drilling them out are the cleanest options...
there is also the woodpecker, aka impact driver most decent impact sockets sets have one in them.

https://www.amazon.ca/Klein-Tools-70...ag=googcana-20

the shock effect of the hammer can break the torque and then you can carry on with your drill
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Weird as it may sound, try using a hand drill with a ratcheting feature. I had the same problem with an electric drill, but a hand drill took them right out.
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This difficulty seems to come up all the time. A hand chisel and heavy hammer work fine. It's a workout and PITA but they'll snap right off.
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This difficulty seems to come up all the time. A hand chisel and heavy hammer work fine. It's a workout and PITA but they'll snap right off.
Are we talking the same for solid screws as hollow rivets?
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I started trying to take out the screws on the ceiling panels and was having very little success. Half we're already stripped. Others instantly stripped. Tried using angle grinder to cut a slot in the stubborn ones and used a flat head to back them out but damn it if they didn't break two of my impact rated bits!! I tried redicing the torque a little but then they just wouldn't budge. I'm over it. So I'm just using the grinder to cut the panels off the ribs, leaving the strip of screws in place. Mmmmm love that glowing fiberglass and sparks in my face.
I removed mine with my 20v dewalt impact driver. If there is any kind of dirt or anything in the screw head, clean it out with a pick or something first. If the phillips doesnt sit all the way in you will strip them. I had that problem at first doing my floor but once i cleaned out the screw heads they came out much easier.

The vast majority of my roof screws came out fine, but the ones that didn't I just ended up using a drill bit and drilled them out. I only had about 15 or so though that i had to drill out, might not be the fastest if you have a lot of them, but it does work.
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I removed mine with my 20v dewalt impact driver. If there is any kind of dirt or anything in the screw head, clean it out with a pick or something first. If the phillips doesnt sit all the way in you will strip them. I had that problem at first doing my floor but once i cleaned out the screw heads they came out much easier.

The vast majority of my roof screws came out fine, but the ones that didn't I just ended up using a drill bit and drilled them out. I only had about 15 or so though that i had to drill out, might not be the fastest if you have a lot of them, but it does work.
Most of the screws from what I've seen can be better served with a Robertson of the appropriate size. But 100% on the cleaning of the screw head, a pick, some degreaser spray (water and vinegar is good enough), and boom
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I've heard that putting a little bit of valve grinding compound on the screwdriver bit helps it grab and not spin out, also. No personal experience, just passing on a tip.
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I've heard that putting a little bit of valve grinding compound on the screwdriver bit helps it grab and not spin out, also. No personal experience, just passing on a tip.
It works, there is also a product made specifically for this purpose too.
https://ezgrip.net/
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